AIB media industry briefing | December 2018
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AIB Media Industry Briefing | December 2018
Welcome to the latest media industry briefing from the Association for International Broadcasting, covering news from our Members and the wider industry.
For those who are celebrating Christmas or other holidays at this time, the whole team at the Association for International Broadcasting wishes you Season's Greetings, and we would like to extend our best wishes for 2019.

2018 has been a busy and exciting year for the AIB, with us undertaking a range of initiatives and events to support our members in addition to our usual work. These include:
  • ASAP90 - a high-level conference on media and sustainability held in September in Taiwan as part of the 90th anniversary celebrations of Radio Taiwan International. See more here.
  • Post-Brexit Channel Licensing - considerable work undertaken on behalf of AIB Members, and the wider industry, to prepare broadcasters for when the UK leaves the European Union.
  • Cyber Security - our expert Working Group is focused on delivering increased security for broadcasters.
  • Sustainability - delivering briefings and knowledge, plus provision of content through our partnership with the United Nations.
  • Programme collaboration - helping Members work together on sharing content, ideas and co-productions.
  • Celebrating success - our annual competition for factual content across TV, radio and online, the AIBs, attracted work from all parts of the world.
  • Audience research - bringing Members together to share information, strategies and more.
  • Media freedom - developing a global partnership of AIB Members and others to tackle the increasing pressure on media freedom in territories globally.
  • Training and development - the AIB has started work on a new international database of media training courses and services.

To find out more about the benefits that Membership of the Association for International Broadcasting delivers, see our Guide to Membership booklet and talk to Tom Wragg at AIB headquarters in the UK.
On 7 November, the 14th annual AIBs were presented at the traditional gala dinner in London. This high-profile event drew attendees from all over the world, with prizes being won by broadcasters and production companies from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.

Winners included GMA Network; ABS-CBN; BBC World Service; Channel 4, UK; BBC News; Al Jazeera; Plan A Productions; The Financial Times; CNN; On Our Radar; Three Arrows Media; BBC Radio 4; ITN Productions; BBC Sport and TBI Media. High commendations went to RTE Radio 1; BlokMedia; TRT WORLD; RFE/RL; GMA Network; Channel 4; BBC Arabic; True Vision; NPR; CNN en Espa ñ ol; Loftus Media and Blue Chalk Media .

CNN International was named International Channel of the Year and CNN journalist Salma Abdelaziz won the inaugural Breakthrough Talent Award.
Mouhssine Ennaimi,
S alma Abdelaziz, winner, Breakthrough Talent
Lee Joseph Castel and Ian Simbulan, GMA Network
See the Winners and Finalists book here .

Our signature “in conversation” looked at the way the London Marathon has become a major television institution, broadcast in more than 190 territories. Watch the conversation here:

You can watch the two parts of the AIBs on the awards website at . For a briefer overview, see the highlights here.

2018 has once again been a record-breaking year for the AIBs , with the greatest number of entries from the largest number of producers across the world. We are grateful to our Event Partner,  Al Jazeera Media Network , for its generous support of the AIBs , and we also thank the 2018 sponsors,  Signiant , Celebro Media , and  Radio Taiwan International . The support of all these organisations allow the Association to continue to grow the awards.

We will be launching the 2019 awards – our 15th – in April and already we have people asking for advance information on the categories, on judging and on sponsoring the awards. If you would like to explore ideas for being involved, please contact Clare Dance at AIB headquarters.
Brexit and Channel Licensing
Everyone thought that the publication of the UK-EU Brexit Political Declaration was going to mean some level of certainty about the future of UK-EU relations – including the broadcasting sector. As events in the British Parliament on 10 December, and the vote of no confidence on 12 December, demonstrated, there’s still a long way to go to achieve any degree of consensus, let alone providing media companies confidence in how to plan for life after 29 March 2019.
The Association for International Broadcasting  has been working on the possible effects on cross-border broadcasting of the UK leaving the EU – we’ve been helping our Members in discussions with regulators across the EU and offering impartial advice as well as keeping them up-to-date with the way political developments could impact their businesses. This work will continue as the political saga unfolds and we’ll be issuing further briefing notes  to Members, as well as attending and convening meetings for the benefit of AIB Members with key stakeholders in the channel licensing arena.
Talk to us about how the AIB helps Members on Brexit and other mission-critical issues - contact our Business Development Director Tom Wragg .
Media Freedom Initiative
On 8 November, the AIB convened a high-level meeting of Association Members and other interested parties to explore the concept of a collaborative media freedom initiative among broadcasters. This initiative is being run by the AIB, supported by Al Jazeera Media Network with former Al Jazeera, ABC and Reuters journalist Peter Greste facilitating the discussion in the room, along with AIB CEO Simon Spanswick.

The half-day meeting discussed the ways in which collaboration between AIB Members and other broadcasters might be shaped and developed, and those attending confirmed that they would like to progress the idea. Some of the non-member organisations present observed that the AIB has considerable convening power and that it is in a position to use its position as a highly-regarded neutral organisation to push this concept forward.

A summary of the meeting has been published (which is available on request). The concept and an outline plan will now be discussed by the AIB Executive Committee at its forthcoming board meeting in early January.
PEMRA calls out TV news channels
Pakistan's media regulator, PEMRA , issued "show cause" notices to 17 TV channels for broadcasting what it said was false news reports. The channels allegedly covered a meeting between PM Imran Khan and Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau chairman Javed Iqbal.

Reports suggest that included in the 17 channels are Geo News, Dunya News, Aaj News, Express News, Neo News, 24 News, Bol News, 7 News, Metro One, Hum News, ARY News, Samaa, Public News, 92 News, GNN, Channel 5 and K-21 News. The Prime Minister's office denied that the meeting had taken place.

News channels are bound to verify every news item before airing it. "However, it has been observed that news channels in the race to be ahead broadcast breaking news being aired by other news channel[s] without verification," the Pemra statement said.

This is the second time in two weeks that PEMRA has issued "show cause" notices to Pakistan news channels. On 23 November PEMRA said that live coverage by 22 channels of the attacks on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi was in violation of PEMRA regulations.
NHK launches world's first 8K channel
NHK , Japan’s national broadcaster, has partnered with Eutelsat Communications to launch the world’s first 8K network: BS8K. The live broadcast took place on 2 December from the Vatican where images were transmitted to Tokyo via the EUTELSAT 12 West B satellite. This momentous event by NHK has broken new ground for 8K contribution via satellite.

On the air today in Japan, BS8K features 8K Ultra HD footage of major cultural and sporting events, museums and natural landscapes, providing viewers with a fully immersive experience which will be broadcast 12 hours a day.

The channel will allow for further experimentation with 8K prior to the large-scale deployment of the format for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics games in 2020.

In early December, BS8K screened a newly scanned version of the cult film 2001: A Space Odyssey .

TRT World launches new studio in Washington DC
International news network  TRT World  has unveiled its new studios in Washington, D.C. The network will be broadcasting live news coverage and current affairs programmes from the heart of the US capital.

“The Washington Broadcast Centre is the first in a series of upgrades that TRT World is undertaking for all of its international locations,” said Ibrahim Eren , Director General and Chairman of TRT. “We have always had a broadcast centre in Washington, but the new facility is bigger and technically more advanced. It has simplified the processes for correspondents and editors. We can proudly say that our new facility is now equipped to handle news as a regional hub.”
More on this here .
BBC launches expanded Nairobi bureau
The BBC launched its largest bureau outside the UK in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on 5 November. Around 300 of the 600 BBC journalists working across Africa are based in the new, state-of-the-art facility.

"Our most important investment will be in training the next generation of African reporters and producers to world-class standards," Fran Unsworth , Director of BBC News, said.

The expansion is being funded by $376m (£289m) from the UK government and the production facilities at the bureau include a TV studio and two further live broadcast positions, two radio studios, two radio workspaces and five TV edit suites.

Full story here.
Al Jazeera and Xinhua to increase co-operation
Cai Mingzhao , president of China's Xinhua News Agency , has met with Acting Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network Mostefa Souag , to discuss cooperation.
"Xinhua highly values its cooperation with AlJazeera, and the two media outlets have much to learn from each other," Cai said. "The agreement of strategic cooperation signed between the two sides in 2016 put in place basic principles on personnel exchanges and news co-operation in text, video, photo and other areas."
Cai expressed his hope that the two sides enhance communication and coordination on the basis of the above-mentioned agreement, and expand cooperation in think tanks, new media and other areas.
Souag said that Al-Jazeera was looking forward to enhancing exchanges with Xinhua in these areas.
In conversation - with Levira
The AIB has been finding out about Estonia-based transmission-to-playout company Levira in conversation with Indrek Lepp , Director of the company's Media Services division.
Watch the interview via The Channel page of the AIB website.
New EBU Board elected
The European Broadcasting Union has elected its new Board. It comprises:
President: Tony Hall , Director General, BBC (UK)
Vice-President: Delphine Ernotte Cunci , CEO, France Télévisions (France)
Cilla Benkö , Director General, SR (Sweden)
Petr Dvo řá k , Director General, CT (Czech Republic)
Ibrahim Eren , Chairman and Director General, TRT (Turkey)
Marcello Foa , President, Rai (Italy)
Giacomo Ghisani , Acting Director General, Legal Representative, RV (Vatican State)
Gilles Marchand , Director General, SRG SSR (Switzerland)
Sergei Pavlov , Director of International Relations, Member of the Board of Directors, Channel One (Russia)
Gonçalo Reis , President and CEO, RTP (Portugal)
Ulrich Wilhelm , Director General, ARD/BR (Germany)
The board will serve for a two-year period, running from January 2019 until December 2020.
Daisy Sindelar has been appointed Vice President and Acting President of RFE/RL. Ms. Sindelar, who joined RFE/RL in 2001, has extensive knowledge of RFE/RL’s programming and operations. She is the Director of Current Time, a 24/7 Russian-language global network led by RFE/RL in cooperation with Voice of America, and played an integral part in launching and growing this flagship project. Ms Sindelar speaks Russian and worked as a reporter and editor in Russia prior to joining RFE/RL.
Ms. Sindelar will work closely with Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Nenad Pejic and Chief of Staff Christine Fetzko to ensure consistent operations and a smooth transition. 
New appointments have been made at Syrian TV . Soumer Wassouf  has been appointed as head of the state-run General Organisation of Radio and TV (ORTAS), replacing Nayef al-Ubaydat. Maysoon Yousef  has been named director of Syria TV,   Tamim Duwaihi  director of the Drama channel, and Udai al-Hamoud  director of TV production.
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